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As a constituted Society, SABRE has a number of Elected Officers - collectively termed the management - who look after the Society and its website. They are elected in our annual elections in Spring each year. On this page, you can find out more about these people, what they do for you, and how you can get in touch with them.

Previous Management teams, going right back to 2001 are listed on a separate page.

President

The President serves as a neutral figure, mainly to administer SABRE's elections and other votes and, if needed, adjudicate in disputes between members. Since the President runs elections, he or she cannot take part in them, and therefore each election must see a new President elected. The full list of the President's duties is in the Constitution.


Matthew Cockburn (exiled)

Matthew's official e-mail address is president@sabre-roads.org.uk.

Matthew first joined SABRE in 2007 to ask a question and stayed. Prior to being elected president, he served two terms as Site Manager, and one as Assistant Site Manager. His interest in roads came about via the age old route of a love of maps and the stories they tell. Outside of SABRE his interests are history, writing, following both ice and field hockey, and collecting flags.

Secretary

The Secretary serves as Sabre's Documentation Officer, accounting directly to the President and also maintains the Voting Members Register. If for any reason the President is unable to run an election, the Secretary takes over the responsibility and for this reason became an elected position at the start of the 2020/21 term.

Serena Torz (Sabrista)

Serena's unique claim to fame is that she was the first active female member of SABRE. She was the moderator of the first SABRE Chatroom.


Site Manager

The Site Manager is responsible for the day to day running of the SABRE website and, in particular, the discussion forums. This includes moderating the boards, welcoming new members and promoting the discussion group. These tasks and others are shared with the Assistant Site Managers, though the Site Manager takes greater responsibility for them. The full list of the Site Manager's duties is in the Constitution.

You can contact the Site Management Team using the Contact form.

Richard Macer-Wright (RichardA35)

Assistant Site Managers

The Assistant Site Managers have the same responsibilities as the Site Manager (above) - usually the Site Management Team decides how best to share out the responsibilities, and this differs from year to year. The full list of the Assistant Site Manager's duties is in the Constitution.

You can contact the Site Management Team using the Contact form

Les Hughes (Big L)

Les has been a member of SABRE for almost 10 years and this is his first official role. He lives in Staffordshire but work takes him around most of the country averaging about 40k miles each year. Single, overweight, 40-something Wolves season ticket holder, also enjoys going to motor racing, rugby and cricket. Loves a good glass of whisky.

Tony Fawcett (ravenbluemoon)

Tony has been a member of SABRE since 2007, after finding the Pathetic Motorways site particularly interesting. Having drawn maps since a child, Tony took up a career in Civil Engineering, and now plies their trade as a CAD Technician. Occasionally spotted in a bright yellow campervan, Tony travels the less obvious routes when on the road... and is regarded by friends and colleagues as a human SatNav! Tony lives between the UK and Sweden (no, not in the sea!), and non-roads interests include astronomy, neolithic history, music, eating biscuits, and following York City FC.

Manomay Lala-Raykar (EpicChef)

At about the age of 8, Manomay found interest in the different variable message signs on motorways - which ignited the spark that turned him into a road enthusiast. When he first discovered SABRE, he was, like many, pleasantly surprised to see so many people with a similar interest. And, of course, he can't wait to turn 17 and take his driving test! After spending many months reading SABRE as a guest, he joined on at the age of 12. Since then, SABRE has been his happy place.

Outside of roads, Manomay is working towards his A-levels. He has a keen interest in languages, and, of course, cooking, hence his screen name. He is waiting for the time when he can send his famous vegetable lasagna to people over the internet!

Treasurer

The Treasurer, as you would expect, looks after SABRE's finances. Principally this involves collecting voluntary donations from members, administering the bank account and making sure costs for domain names and web hosting are paid.

Paul Martin (nowster)

Paul's official e-mail address is treasurer@sabre-roads.org.uk.

Paul has been a member of SABRE since August 2004, and became Treasurer in 2009. He is also SABRE's IT manager, having day-to-day responsibility for the upkeep of the SABRE server.

Elected Committee Members

In addition to the Elected Officers, at the annual elections in Spring each year, three members of SABRE are elected to serve on the SABRE Committee. Their role is to oversee the Elected Officers, and to act as a point of reference and guidance to the Elected and Appointed Officers. For the 2019/2020 term, there are 3 extra Elected Committee Members due to a number of SMT being re-elected at the Election.

Owain Wright (Owain)

Dr Owain Wright is Senior Lecturer in European History at Leeds Beckett University, where he specialises in the modern and contemporary history of Italy. He joined SABRE in 2009 and was first appointed to the Committee in 2016. Since then, he has served two full terms as President, coordinated and/or participated in a dozen Roadtrips and Awayday events, and contributed frequently to the Photo of the Month competition. He has also written various contributions on the Wiki, especially with regard to Irish roads.

Chris Saunders (A303Chris)

Chris joined SABRE in 2005 and has been interested in roads and maps since he was a child and has a collection of over 700 maps. He has been employed in Transport Planning and Highway Engineering for over 30 years and away from his job/hobby he is a keen cyclist, golfer and football supporter.

Simon Davies (M4Simon)

Simon has been a member of SABRE since 2002 and has previously served as Site Manager and Secretary. He is a highway engineer and is particularly interested in the mapping and history of Britain's road network.

Simon Douglas (Burns)

Andy Boal (AndyB)

Andy lives in Belfast, and his specialisms are public transport, transport policy and economics.

Appointed Officers

Each year the President appoints a number of volunteers to assist with various parts of SABRE. These posts can change annually with the needs of the Society.

These are the 2021-22 officers:


SABRE Developers

Paul Martin (nowster)
Andy Boal (AndyB)
Owen Rudge (orudge)
Tim (ForestChav)
Rob Baker (Frediculous_biggs)
Ritchie Swann (Ritchie333)

Server Manager

Paul Martin (nowster)

Social Media Admin

Simon Douglas (Burns)
David Wilkins (roadtester)
Rob Baker (Frediculous_biggs)
Alex Romankiw (darkcape)
Glen Wallace (Glen)

SABRE Wiki Admin

Chris (c2R)
Steven Jukes (Steven)

SABRE Maps Co-ordinator

Steven Jukes (Steven)

Photo of the Month Co-ordinator

Tim (ForestChav)

Roadtrip, Awayday and e-meeting co-ordinators

David Wilkins (roadtester)
Duncan Macknight (Duncan macknight)

SABRE Gallery Curator

Owain (Owain)

Committee

The current list of committee members may be viewed here. Committee is made up of the Elected Officers, Elected Committee Members, Appointed Officers, and the previous year's Elected Officers who are currently:

Alex Cameron (Fosseway)
Chris Bertram (Chris Bertram)


  

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